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The History Of The Lebanese Cuisine.
Cuisine refers to a style or method of cooking, especially as characteristic of a particular country, region, or establishment hence Lebanese cuisine is a style or method of cooking as a characteristic by the Mediterranean countries. Lebanese cuisine is a Levantine cuisine that consist of high levels of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, starches, fresh fish and seafood and low levels of animal fats for consumption. Red meat that is used in the preparation of Lebanese cuisines that have to use meat is usually from a lamb on the coast and goat meat in the mountain regions. For a cuisine to be associated with the Lebanese cuisine it has to contain Lebanese flavours like olive oil, herbs, garlic and lemon as a seasoning as well as large amount of chickpeas.
The preparation of Lebanese cuisine involves grilling, baking or saut?ing in olive oil most of the times and few in butter and cream as well as pickling, cooking or eating vegetables when still raw. The main characteristic of this type of cuisine is frequent and use of large amounts of spices and herbs. What is to be prepared in the Lebanese cuisine is usually determined by the seasons and what is available. Different regions of the Mediterranean countries have different ways of preparing or serving their cuisines with an example of Lebanon who have to serve drinks with food and Romania whose family life involves serving mezze which is an array of small dishes placed before the guests creating an array of colours, flavours, textures and aromas. In Lebanon, drinks must be accompanied with food while in Romania family life include mezze which is an array of small dishes with a lot of colours, flavours, textures and aromas showing that different Mediterranean countries have different ways of presenting their Lebanese cuisines.
Shawarma Lamb which is marinated roast lamb slices served with tahini sauce, Shawarma Chicken whose ingredients are marinated roast chicken breast slices, served with garlic sauce and Shish Taouk which is prepared from Char-grilled skewered cubes of marinated chicken breast served with mild garlic sauce are some of the Lebanese cuisine. The most popular Lebanese cuisines even in other parts of the world are rich pastries, milk cakes, ground mutton in rice with lots of tomatoes and tabbouleh.
The Lebanese cuisine served in places like the TarBoush bistro also include sweets like Pastries such as Aish as-Saraya, Qatayef and Basbousa as well as Lebanese ice cream with its oriental flavours, Lebanese roasted nuts with variety and mixes and beverages like Arabic coffee, Lebanese wine, jallab and ayran yogurt.
By the help of recipes from different websites on the internet, one can be able to cook their own Lebanese cuisine in their kitchen. Specific books on different online stores such as Amazon and on the streets may contain recipes on cuisine preparation. One of the books that are recommended with over 250 classical recipes that are fully comprehensive collection of truly authentic Lebanese recipes in English is the revised and updated edition Lebanese Cuisine by Anissa Helou.